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The Mark of Cain documents the fading art form and âlanguageâ of Russian criminal tattoos, formerly a forbidden topic in Russia. The now vanishing practice is seen as reflecting the transition of the broader Russian society. Filmed in some of Russiaâs most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of âThe Zoneâ and âThe Code of Thievesâ (Vor v zakone). The prisoners of the Stalinist Gulag, or...
Topics: thieves' tradition, thieves-in-law, vory v zakone, alix lambert, russian prisons, the zone,...